London has changed enormously and so have the English in the past decade. They’re more like Americans and more like Europeans, too. They’re always eating out, and when they’re at home they don’t cook the way they did ten years ago. They’re all sitting around in cafés, like the Continentals, drinking coffee and chattering and watching the world go by.
Doris Lessing (1919-2013), interview, The Progressive, June 1999
2 thoughts on “London in Quotations: Doris Lessing”
That depends what districts Doris was talking about. I doubt she was spending much time in Rotherhithe back then. 🙂
You’re right, I was working in Bermondsey 10 years earlier and didn’t notice any pavement cafes then
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